The Idea

The LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS project is about improving the resilience of forests to climate change, enhancing resilience to wildfire, environmental degradation and other climate-induced disturbances. The overall goal is to develop a replicable forest management approach at the watershed scale that can be applied elsewhere across Europe.


The LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS project will monitor all of the impacts, so it can prove the environmental soundness of the project and its socioeconomic positive impact in rural areas connect with other successful initiatives through networking activities.



The LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS project will develop a Decision Support System (DSS) – a guide for forest managers to make decisions about forest management practices at the watershed scale by adapting to climate change.


Expected results

The main goal is the successful demonstration and replication of an innovative forest management approach at the watershed scale that:

  • increases forest resilience against climate change
  • increases water budget
  • increases bio-energy production
  • increases providing economic opportunities in rural areas
  • reduces fire hazard.


The research team at IIAMA of Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has extensive experience with forest hydrology, forest restoration, soil biogeochemistry and water transport modelling. The research of these topics is centred on the need to obtain the hydrological criteria to manage and to understand Mediterranean Forests. Likewise, the team has wide experience on the development of hydro-economic models with applications to issues like water-energy-land-climate nexus, river basin management, groundwater and conjunctive use management, water markets, climate change impacts and adaptation, water economics, and water conservation in urban uses and in irrigation.

The Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (ADAI) is a non-profit private institution created in 1990 and associated to the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra. ADAI promotes activities of research, development, demonstration, training and monitoring services to the industry. The Forest Fires and Detonics (FFD) research group of ADAI applied research on forest, urban and industrial fires, and energetic materials.

European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA) is an international non-profit association which gathers together market actors, technology providers, and knowledge centres, all of them active in the field of biomass. The main objective of EUBIA is to support the European biomass industries at all levels, promoting the use of biomass as an energy source, developing innovative bioenergy concepts and fostering international co-operation within the bioenergy field.

Jülich Research Centre will provide climate projections for all the research sites in the project. In addition, for the TERENO-site Wüstebach ecohydrological model simulations are made for past, present and future, forest ecosystem parameters will be estimated, and the impact of climate change on groundwater recharge and biomass production will be evaluated and a contribution to the decision support system will be given. The developed methodology in Germany will be tested on other, forested, LTER-sites across Europe.

The municipality of Serra covers an area of 5,730 Ha, with 95% of this territory lying within the Sierra Calderona Natural Park and 85% being forest. Serra’s biomass management project began eight years ago as an environmental bet, turning green waste coming from gardening, into solid fuel used in a 35 kw biomass boiler to heat the municipal nursery. The project allows economic savings for the municipality and has positive collateral effects in terms of protecting the environment, reducing pollution and creating job opportunities.